Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Richmond, California, United States Full-time

At Axiom Exergy, we are transforming the world’s cooling systems into intelligent, cloud-connected energy storage assets and enabling a renewable energy future. We are focused on transitioning innovations quickly to market through rapid prototyping, design, iteration, and product deployment as a tight-knit engineering team.  We’re looking for an engineer who is ready to get his/her hands dirty, cares about building real products that produce real results, and has the drive and dedication required to bring new energy technologies to market!

What You'll Do

You will work directly with the CTO, VP of Engineering, and Senior Product Engineer on the following strategic initiatives:

  • Production management of the Refrigeration Battery; direct the production of commercial units from build through integration, testing and deployment; generate project schedules; lead RFQs and manage contract manufacturers and supply chain; diagnose production problems and conduct root cause analysis; assure product and process quality;  develop new manufacturing processes and optimize existing processes.  
  • Engineering documentation; manage the production documentation for the Refrigeration Battery, including CAD models, P&IDs, engineering drawings, assembly work instructions, bills of materials, non-conformance records, product manuals, etc.  
  • Integrated product and process development; provide feedback to the product design team, including design for manufacturability (DFM), design for installation, etc.; support component evaluation and selection analysis; and evaluate material and component compatibility with operating conditions.  
  • Facility build-out of Axiom R&D space; evaluate manufacturing and process capabilities and provide recommendations for new engineering tools and equipment; apply lean manufacturing principles to facility layout and make workcell recommendations; expand prototyping capacity.
  • System performance analysis, testing, and optimization; conduct first-principles analyses using mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer; analyze operational data; and validate component and sub-system performance.
  • Vendor, partner, and customer interaction.
  • Anything else necessary to help the company succeed.

Who You Are

  • An enthusiastic self-starter who can direct engineering initiatives; you are passionate about technology innovation, bringing finished products to market, and clean energy technologies.

  • 7+ years of experience in manufacturing engineering, product commercialization, industrial engineering documentation, and DFx, with demonstrated success in developing and delivering products.   Experience with ASHRAE and UL standards preferred.

  • Experience with production management, including technical project management and project scheduling, management of contract manufacturers, and management of junior team members and technicians.

  • Proven experience building and assembling large industrial products (custom pump skids, low-volume aerospace/defense equipment).  Experience with refrigeration, HVAC systems, and ACR copper brazing strongly preferred.

  • Experience with prototyping, power tools, machining, welding, brazing, and common industrial manufacturing tools and processes.

  • Proficient with engineering drawings (ASME Y14.5-2009), including GD&T.

  • Proficient in 3D CAD parametric modeling.  Solidworks preferred.

  • Expertise in one of the following areas: Component and System Reliability, Structural Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, and/or value engineering.

  • Experience with industrial PLC programming  FEA, Python/MATLAB a plus.

  • Intelligent yet humble; who enjoys being an engaged team player.

  • B.S. in Mechanical, Aerospace, Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent; M.S. preferred.  

The Fine Print

  • Start immediately.
  • Compensation in cash and equity in the company.
  • As with most startups, the work is demanding and the hours are long, but we make every effort to find an arrangement that works.
  • Moderate travel, mostly local.

Bonus Question

We’d love to get a sense of your thought process. If you'd like, please send us a concise response to the following: 

If you had to choose between a bolted and welded frame for a large electro-mechanical assembly, what would you choose and why? What are your assumptions?

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